NetFlash: Cisco's Chambers has his eyes on the tube

* Cisco's Chambers has his eyes on the tube * Mark your calendars: trade shows worth your time in 2007 * 'Rock Phish' blamed for surge in phishing * Doubletake: Microsoft's Gates and Ballmer could be mistaken for actors * IBM releases free search software for small, midsize businesses * Buzzblog: Microsoft-Novell poll belabors the obvious * Today on Layer 8

Cisco's Chambers has his eyes on the tube

Cisco CEO John Chambers wants to make it clear that his company's top executives and technologists all have their eyes sharply focused on video screens - from 50-inch plasmas to cell phone and desktop PC monitors. Click here for more.

Mark your calendars: Trade shows worth your time in 2007

Today the trend among industry events is toward focus; conferences such as the gadget-happy Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and network-centric Interop exemplify that with a little bit of tailoring a trade show can offer real value. Incorporating the experiences of the Network World staff, which collectively will have attended dozens of events in 2006, here is a list of what we think will be worth your time. Click here for more.

'Rock Phish' blamed for surge in phishing

The first thing you need to know about Rock Phish is that nobody knows exactly who, or what, they are. No one can say for sure where Rock Phish is based, or if the group operates out of a single country. "They are sort of the Keyser Söze of phishing," said Zulfikar Ramzan, senior principal researcher with Symantec's Security Response group, referring to the secretive criminal kingpin in the 1995 film "The Usual Suspects." Click here for more.

Doubletake: Microsoft's Gates and Ballmer could be mistaken for actors

Maybe you're one of those people turned off by the thought of buying software from that billionaire brainiac Bill Gates and his rabblerousing sidekick Steve Ballmer. But maybe you'd change your mind if you thought about them more as say, actors Ben Kingsley and Spencer Tracy. Click here for more.

IBM releases free search software for small, midsize businesses

IBM and Yahoo Wednesday released free search software aimed at small and midsize businesses that want to search across their internal documents and content. IBM is using price to combat competitors who also are trying to aim entry-level search software at corporate and departmental users. Click here for more.

Buzzblog: Microsoft-Novell poll belabors the obvious

Vendor-sponsored surveys are easily dismissed as self-serving, but that doesn't always mean that they paint an inaccurate picture. Take, for example, this morning's press release from Microsoft and Novell contending that upwards of 90% of "technology decision makers" responding to a poll the two commissioned approve in general of the companies' Windows/SUSE Linux dalliance. Click here for more.

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